The Answer to Perfect Summer Plans

Thursday, May 26, 2011


What do you mean, "Why?" A mom at home with little ones needs school-is-out inspiration. The days are long and her perfect plans often fall short.

Psalm 19 has it all: the summer sun, revelation of God's glory, and a list of virtues that can be hers if only, if only . . .

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the Lord are sure
and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:7-14

How can I become wise, have joy, and see clearly? I need to study God's word. I need to learn, explore, and then read some more. I need to be ready when the teachable moments come, like when Big Guy asks, "Can I see God?"

I need to have some idea of what to say.

I want to revere what is pure and know what is sure. I want my soul to be revived by the one thing that is perfect - the law of the Lord.

So, my goal is to finish reading Psalms this summer.

I'm not aiming for perfect. Like David, I know that I may fall short. I know that I will continue to sin. My faults will be both obvious and hidden. Becoming perfect or doing something amazingly huge is not the point. The point is to let God lead.

He lead me to Psalm 19, and this summer plan:

(1) Intentionally recognize God's glory in nature;
(2) Share that with my children;
(3) Personally grow by studying God's word.

This summer, may the words of my mouth (especially those directed at my children) and the meditations of my heart (cultivated through more study) be pleasing (not perfect) in your sight, O Lord, my Rock (because I need one) and my Redeemer (thank you).

Will Psalm 19 be your summer inspiration?

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11 Responses to “The Answer to Perfect Summer Plans”

  1. KmelissasmallwoodMay 26, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    I love how you applied this to summer vacation.  My kids get out of school in two weeks and I am already feeling inadequate..this helped reframe my perspective!

  2. I LOVE the fact that you are looking to Psalm 19 for your summer inspiration (much more fruitful than relentless complaining like I'm doing on my blog!).

  3. Nice! Very upbeat. I like the take you did on Bonnie's theme.

  4. So glad to hear that!  Today is our first day of summer break and I'm trying to approach it without groaning :)

  5. Michelle - Your blog inspires me daily.  A little complaining just keeps it real!  Wish I could join you for that pitcher of margaritas. . . 

  6. Thanks!  Clicking over to yours now. . .

  7. I love your summer plan! I've found that intentionality goes a LONG way. May God bless your goals!

  8. You've inspired me - I'm going to reread the history books this summer -- Samule, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther.

  9. Love this:
    The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.******It reminds me of long hot summer days that seem endless.*********

  10. This small sentence is so powerful: "The point is to let God lead." Yes, I pray for that, too. 

  11. I do like your phrase 'not aiming for perfect'. I put something similar: 'NOT aiming to be perfect' on my facebook link to my blog post and was reminded by friends that we will be perfect in Christ - as long as we remember that we cannot be perfect here, in our own strength.
    Lovely Psalm to focus on - thank you!